Why Am I Here?
A short time later, I met with Drs. Anthony Atala and David McCullough from Wake Forest Baptist during a national conference. They were adamant, and they convinced me to look into it.
When I came to the Medical Center to interview in summer 2008, I met the most incredible group of faculty—and I was coming from a faculty that had four Nobel laureates and 20 members of the National Academy of Sciences. I had never met faculty who were so dedicated to the idea of improving the health of patients through research, clinical care and education.
When I met with basic science researchers, it was clear that their whole orientation centered on finding new ways to improve health, not just doing science for science’s sake. I found that focus on making a difference in people’s lives
That focus is helping us accomplish some great things. Our recognition this summer in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals rankings is one indicator. Only 19 hospitals in America received 12 or more national specialty rankings. We are one of them. Our work in nephrology earned the Medical Center’s first top 10 ranking, standing ninth nationally, and five other areas are ranked in the top 25. Details about this year’s rankings are in our News Update section.
The great thing about our integrated mission at the Medical Center is that every single thing we do revolves around improving lives. That includes philanthropy. Investments that help us recruit and retain world-class faculty, endowed gifts that fund our research centers, scholarship funds—they all make a difference in people’s lives.
And that’s why we’re here.
John D. McConnell, MD
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